Field Programs are designed for students to study the ecosystem of a site within the Columbia Slough Watershed and its nearby habitats. These trips are intended as a field component for students who have completed a classroom presentation.
What to Expect
Field activities may include wildlife observation, water quality monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling, identifying native and non-native plants, and habitat studies. Field programs generally last between 1.5 - 2 hours and can include a service project or deeper scientific investigation.
Many field trips take place at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, which has an outdoor classroom, pond access and limited indoor study areas. Other sites within the watershed include Salish Ponds Wetlands in Fairview, the Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Plant grounds, the Children’s Arboretum, and Kelly Point Park.
Groups should come on field experiences dressed appropriately for the weather and with enough adult chaperones to meet a 1:8 adult to student ratio.